UNU-IAS at HLPF 2021

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  • 2021•06•29     Online



    During 6–15 July 2021, UNU-IAS will be contributing to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The HLPF is the core UN platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    UNU-IAS is organising three side events to advance discussions on carbon neutrality and social transformation, education for sustainable development, and biodiversity.

    UNU-IAS Side Events for HLPF 2021

    Carbon Neutrality & Social Transformation: Are We on Track to Arrive at a Justice-based Transition?
    6 July 2021, 07:30–09:00 EDT


    This online side event will explore the policies needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and the deep transformations required in our economic and social systems. It will look at how all sectors of society can address the challenges involved in realising such critical changes during the Decade of Action to deliver on the SDGs. Engaging experts from academia, governments, the UN system, business, and civil society, the event will focus on green recovery and issues of equity, as well as the role of regional and multilateral cooperation in achieving decarbonisation.

    The organisers are UNU-IAS, the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC).


    Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Special Event
    7 July 2021, 09:00–11:00 EDT


    One of nine Special Events at the 2021 HLPF, this will explore the role of further education to drive collective action for the SDGs and build a sustainable and resilient recovery. The online event is organised as part of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), in collaboration with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UNESCO, UN Environment, UN-HABITAT, UNGC’s PRME, UNCTAD, UNITAR, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). UNU-IAS is a founding member of HESI, which brings together the United Nations and higher education networks to deliver on the SDGs.


    Healthy Planet, Healthy People: The Role of the Satoyama Initiative for Green & Blue Recovery
    9 July 2021, 07:30–09:00 EDT


    This online side event will explore the role of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) in achieving the SDGs. It will highlight the contributions of SEPLS — areas where sustainable production activities and resource management can result in societies in harmony with nature — to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The event will share knowledge and experiences from the global network of the Satoyama Initiative and explore how they can be upscaled and mainstreamed into policy dialogue.

    This event is organised by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat. The co-organisers are the Ministry of the Environment, Japan; UNDP; the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP); the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); and UNU-IAS.